How Dangerous Are High-Speed Auto Accidents?

Speeding plays a significant role in traffic deaths and injuries. According to NHTSA, speed was a contributing factor in 29% of all traffic fatalities in 2020.

Speed is a critical factor in any car accident case. Severe injuries can occur in an accident that happens at just 35 mph. Therefore, the impact of a high-speed car accident can have devasting, long-term effects on the victims.

If you or your loved one was injured or killed in an auto accident that involved a reckless, speeding driver, contact our NY Car Accident Attorneys. The lawyers at Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law work to protect car accident victims from having their futures unjustly taken from them. We will help defend your rights and ensure you have the financial resources to receive high-quality medical care for as long as you need it.

The Dangers of Speeding

Speeding has been a factor in nearly one-third of all auto accident fatalities for over two decades. Speed is also dangerous when driving the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as when a road is under construction, during bad weather, or at night in an area that isn’t well-lit.

Speeding endangers the life of the driver, passengers, and all people on the road, including law enforcement and pedestrians.

What Causes Speeding?

Speeding is considered a type of aggressive driving behavior. Many factors contribute to aggressive driving. Some of these include:

  • Running late – Running late for work, school, or any other appointment can cause someone to speed.
  • Traffic – This often ties in with running late. A driver gets stuck in traffic on their way to work and responds by driving aggressively. This includes speeding and frequent lane changing to “get through” traffic.
  • Racing – Statistically, this is more commonly associated with males under 30. Two or more drivers may think it’s fun to race each other on a road or highway, but the consequences often suggest otherwise.
  • Disregard for the law – Some drivers don’t care. They often drive aggressively. These drivers typically have a record of tickets and other driving offenses.

How High-Speed Accidents Affect the Body

The force generated in a high-speed crash is tremendous. Our bodies are not designed to sustain this type of physical force. Therefore, surviving a high-speed car accident can take weeks, months, or years to recover. Some injuries are often permanent, causing life-long changes, such as paralysis or loss of limbs.

High-speed accident injuries include:

  • Damage to internal organs
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Seatbelt injuries
  • Brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Nerve damage

I you or your loved one have suffered injuries due to another person’s careless and aggressive driving behavior, contact Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law. You need an experienced legal team to help you get the compensation you need and deserve.

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